SSI Err
The official website for European football

Finland team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.17CET
Finland have still never reached a major tournament but have proved a competitive force in recent years, sealing a draw away against Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.17CET

Finland team profile

Finland have still never reached a major tournament but have proved a competitive force in recent years, sealing a draw away against Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Mixu Paatelainen
Leading scorers: all-time – Jari Litmanen (32); current – Mikael Forssell (29) 
Most appearances: all-time – Jari Litmanen (137); current – Mikael Forssell (86) 
Association formed: 1907
Nickname: Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls)
Where they play: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki

Having never reached a major tournament Finland's international record is modest, although with Englishman Roy Hodgson in charge they challenged strongly for a place at UEFA EURO 2008, losing just two of their 14 matches, and also proved competitive under Scotsman Stuart Baxter on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, winning five of their ten games. A 1-1 draw away to Spain was the highlight of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P94 W24 D21 L49 F100 A152
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P94 W24 D21 L49 F100 A152

It took Finland 19 UEFA European Championship qualifiers to record their first win, beating Greece 3-0 and following that up with a 2-1 triumph over Hungary at the start of their 1980 campaign. Home and away draws with the Soviet Union underlined their potential but an 8-1 defeat by Greece in Athens fatally undermined it – Finland missed out on a finals place by a point.

That inconsistency has been a feature of their campaigns. Hodgson's team made a flying start to UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, but back-to-back defeats by Azerbaijan and Serbia proved costly as a concluding goalless draw with Portugal left them fourth in the eight-team section. Finland went into the 2012 campaign with optimism, but successive defeats by Moldova, Netherlands and Hungary meant they were always up against it. Baxter departed, and after interim spells under Olli Huttunen and then Markku Kanerva, Mixu Paatelainen took the reins in spring 2011, victories against San Marino and Moldova and a point in Budapest lifting them to fourth.

Memorable EURO matches
06/06/2007: Finland 2-0 Belgium, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Finland gained a fine win and a new nickname as an eagle owl halted the first-half proceedings.

14/12/1994: Finland 4-1 San Marino, EURO '96 qualifying
A rare early winter home game was a triumph as Paatelainen, then 27, scored all four Finland goals.

09/09/1987: Finland 3-0 Czechoslovakia, 1988 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Martti Kuusela's five-year tenure ended in style as his players carried him around a victory lap.

Did you know?
The eagle owl that interrupted the 2007 match with Belgium at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Bubi, was named Helsinki Citizen of the Year that December.

*Last updated 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.20CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/teams/team=42/profile/index.html

Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2017 14:52 CET
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Germany2-0Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach (GER)
11/02/2017 16:57:22
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Finland1-1Kosovo
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku (FIN)
11/07/2017 09:19:37
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Iceland3-2Finland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
11/02/2017 16:54:47
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Finland0-1Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Tampere Stadion, Tampere (FIN)
11/02/2017 16:54:49
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Ukraine1-0Finland
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Stadion Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Turkey2-0Finland
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Austria1-1Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:57:30
7 June 2017 07 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Finland1-1Liechtenstein
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE) Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku (FIN)
11/07/2017 09:19:38
Finland1-2Ukraine
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: Tampere Stadion, Tampere (FIN)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Finland1-0Iceland
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Tampere Stadion, Tampere (FIN)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Kosovo0-1Finland
Referee: Manuel Schuettengruber (AUT) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-1Finland
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL) Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka, Rijeka (CRO)
11/02/2017 16:55:02
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Finland2-2Turkey
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA) Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku (FIN)
11/07/2017 09:19:37
9 November 2017 09 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Finland3-0Estonia
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR) Stadium: Töölön jalkapallostadion, Helsinki (FIN)
11/16/2017 13:52:25

General info

  • Founded : 1907
  • Stadium : Helsingin Olympiastadion
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    17/11/2010, Finland 8-0 San Marino, Helsinki
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/10/1978, Greece 8-1 Finland, Athens
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Jari Litmanen (FIN)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)
    Jari Litmanen (FIN)
    Mikael Forssell (FIN)
SSI Err